Activities Sports & Athletics Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver What to Wear on Your First Day Share PINTEREST Email Print Martin Barraud / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Swimming & Diving Diving Gear Workouts Health & Safety Technique Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Woody Franklin Woody Franklin has over 30 years of experience in collegiate and Olympic sports programs. He is head diving coach at Centre College in Kentucky. our editorial process Woody Franklin Updated March 27, 2017 What type of equipment or apparel do you need to get started in diving? The answer to that question is really easy to answer – not much! While many sports do have specific needs and requirements, diving is relatively simple for the beginner. A swimsuit and a towel are all that is required to get started. Girls should wear a one-piece swimsuit (two-piece bikini style swimwear is not recommended), and boys should wear a swimsuit that has a drawstring to keep it secure. Down the road, if you decide that this is the sport for you, the rules change a bit. But from an equipment standpoint diving can be relatively inexpensive. A Speedo If you prefer to dive right in and feel you need to be properly equipped, the first thing you want to consider is a competitive swimsuit. These swimsuits are designed to allow a diver to move more freely than a recreational swimsuit – an important aspect in diving. While many times it is known collectively as a "Speedo," they come in a variety of styles and colors and are offered by companies such as Speedo, Nike, Adidas, Tyr, Arena, and Dolfin. Take your time deciding which is best for you because there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable suit - and most swimsuits are non-returnable! Shammy, Sammy, or Aqua Towel Once you have chosen a competitive swimsuit, you might want to pick up a shammy. You are probably asking yourself right now, “What in the world is a shammy?” A shammy is a small highly absorbent cloth that divers use to dry off between dives. It is a highly prized piece of equipment in the diving world. It is much easier to use than a bulky towel that once it is wet, stays wet. With the shammy, one quick squeeze and it is dry and ready to use again. Need a Bag? And finally, you may want something in which to carry your new swimsuit and shammy. Any type of athletic bag will suffice, but many swimsuit manufacturers also make travel bags that are specific to aquatic sports and can be found at a local sporting goods stores or swim shop. As a diver advances further in the sport other types of gear such as wrist guards become an option, but for a beginner, any type of swimwear that will stay secure is all you need!